Hot Chocolate Recipes

I love a good hot chocolate when the weather starts getting colder! Right now I am loving the Hazelnut Hot Chocolate from Costa…

Over the last month or so I have tried various homemade hot chocolate recipes, two are plain and simple recipes, one is a slow cooker recipe and the last one is a cheesecake hot chocolate! I am going to share these recipes with you as well as reviewing them… If you decide to try some of these for yourself, please share pictures with me over social media (links at the end!)

The first hot chocolate recipe that I tried was a ‘Deluxe Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows’ by BBC Good Food. 

Ingredients:

  • 600ml milk
  • 140ml double cream
  • 1006 chopped chocolate

Method:

Pour the milk, cream and chocolate into a pan and bring gently to boil, making sure to whisk throughout until smooth. Serve the hot chocolate in individual mugs and top with mini marshmallows, whipped cream and a little bit of grated chocolate!

My Thoughts:

This is your classic hot chocolate, smooth, creamy and chocolatey goodness! I personally like to put a handful of marshmallows on top of the hot cocoa and then put some whipped cream on top and dust it with a light coating of cocoa powder! The marshmallows melt from the heat and create a perfect gooey blend, a sweet treat before quenching your thirst!

The second recipe
is a Jamie Oliver recipe… I don’t particularly like Jamie Oliver, but I thought I would try this recipe as he titled it ‘The Best Hot Chocolate’, and I wanted to see how true that was!

Ingredients:

  • 565ml milk (semi-skimmed) or full cream
  • 2 tablespoons of good-quality drinking chocolate
  • 1 handful of marshmallows
  • sugar (optional, to taste)

Method: Serves 2 

Pour milk into a pan and bring to simmer (not boil!), while heating put a tablespoon of chocolate drinking powder and sugar (if using) into each mug. Then add a small amount of warm milk into each mug, just enough to dissolve the powder and then add some marshmallows to each mug.

When the rest of the milk is simmering, pour it into a large flask (so that it fills up to halfway), screw on the lid and shake hard for 1 minute. Remove the lid and pour into the mugs, give them a stir and you are ready to serve!

You can top the hot chocolate with toppings of your choice (whipped cream, chocolate sauce, flakes, marshmallows… whatever you like!)

My Thoughts:

I would not call this ‘The Best Hot Chocolate’… but it certainly wasn’t the worst.
It tasted quite basic, so I feel it was a little too much effort to make, however putting the Marshmallows into the mug with warm milk before adding the hot cocoa was a pretty good idea.

The third hot chocolate

is a slow cooker recipe! I had the idea of making this on Boxing Day as my mum and dad host dinner for the family as is can serve up to 10 people and can be put into the fridge for another day!

This recipe was found on Sallysbakingaddiction.com

Ingredients:

  • Whole Milk (1450ml)
  • Heavy Cream (480ml)
  • Cocoa Powder (21g)
  • Pure Chocolate (226g)
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • Vanilla Flavouring/Extract (2 teaspoons)

Method: Served 9-10 cups!

Place all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and whisk vigorously to mix in the cocoa powder as much as possible as you do not want it to be floating on the top. Keep whisking the mixture until it is all combined together and then cook on low for 6 hours (or high for 4 hours) making sure to whisk it every 45-60 minutes, ensuring the chocolate does not burn to the bottom of the cooker.

Serve warm with your choice of toppings! You can store any leftover hot chocolate in the refrigerator, heating it up on the stove or in the microwave when you want it.

My Thoughts: 

I have not had the time to do a practice run of this one… so fingers crossed it all goes well for Boxing day! It sounds delicious and I cannot wait to taste it.

If any of you lovely lot manage to give this a try beforehand… please let me know how it goes!

The last hot chocolate recipe

that I found was a cheesecake hot chocolate! This recipe stood out to me as it was very different and my partner loves a good cheesecake…

This recipe was found on chocolatemoosey.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces which chocolate
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into 16 pieces
  • Graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream (I chose to use digestive biscuits instead!)

Simmer the milk over a medium heat, once it is simmering, turn the heat to low and add vanilla extract and cream cheese and stir until it has melted. Whisk in the white chocolate until the mixture is smooth. Serve the hot chocolate immediately, add whipped cream and crushed up biscuits to finish!

My Thoughts:

Again I have not had time to do this one yet, but I am super excited to give it a try. I may wait until the new year and then attempt it as a sweet treat one cold wintery weekend in with the other half.

If anyone has tried this one, please send pictures and let me know what you thought!

 

So these are just a couple of hot chocolate recipes for you to try this Christmas! However there are thousands of variations available online, with different flavours and interesting twists, so please feel free to share any interesting recipes that you have came across. 

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